This lovely Provencal-style one bedroom apartment is located near to the 13th century "portail Levis" area of the historic town of Vence. The villa is set in the middle of a large and quiet Mediterranean garden - approximately 3600 square metres on different levels with palm trees, cypresses, bougainvillea, mimosa and roses. The heart of the house was built in the middle of the 19th century. All rooms are light and airy, some fitted out in typical Provencal style with French doors and shutters.
For the summertime there is a communal, fully equipped outside-kitchen with a barbeque. Deck chairs and sun umbrellas can also be used in the garden.
There are several other individually decorated apartments in this charming old villa so if you are going as a group, ask us for details and availability of the other apartments. All apartments have on site parking (one car per apartment), central heating, and fully equipped kitchens.
Maid service and facilities for babies are available upon request.
Prices quoted are based on an occupancy of 2 adults – there is a small supplement payable for additional adults or children between 7-12 years old – please ask for details.
Completely renovated in 2019/20, this bright, apartment located on the ground floor is approximately 41 square meters and can accommodate up to four people. The 25sqm south terrace invites you to breakfast, on the evening balcony with a view of the Matisse chapel and the mountains and the Lubiane valley you can enjoy the sundowner. The kitchen is well equipped with a stove, microwave / oven, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine and espresso machine and everything you need for stylish cooking and eating. The large, comfortable sofa is extendable (1.40 x 2.00 m) and offers space for the third or fourth guest. A colour TV with satellite reception and a CD player are available. The bedroom has a 1.60 x 2.00 m bed, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and a ceiling fan. The new bathroom has a shower, sink, toilet and washing machine.
Shared washing machine facilities are available nearby.
Baby facilities: baby cot and high chair are available upon request
Bed & bathroom linen: has been priced separately to give you the option to take your own (or in case the number of people in your party is less than the number of places). If you wish to hire these, they are available from the owner for 20 Euros per person, per change, paid direct.
End-of-stay cleaning: has been priced separately, so that if you are staying for more than 1 week you are not paying in duplicate. It is 40 Euros and paid directly to the owner.
Taxe de Séjour: In France it's usually necessary to pay this (tourist tax) and it's calculated based on the number of people in your group and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. We will advise you of the tax due at the time you make your reservation and how it is to be paid.
Gas, electric & water: all included in the rental cost.
Winter heating: included in the rental cost
Internet: connection available here for your laptop
The owner may request a damage deposit of 150 Euros on arrival. This will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Change over day: normally a Saturday
Pets: permitted here upon request - please ask for details
Smoking is not permitted in this apartment, however outside on the terrace is.
About the local area
Vence is an artist’s town and along with its equally well-known neighbouring town of Saint Paul de Vence, is situated amidst the beautiful hilly scenery west of Nice.
It has drawn artists both well known and amateur, and a special attraction is Matisse’s Chapel, a short walking distance from the old town. Another is the Chagall painting in the Cathedral.
There is a wide range of shops, restaurants and markets in the historical old part of the town, and the apartment is situated adjacent.
The Mediterranean beaches of Nice, Antibes and Cannes are close by.
Tennis, golf and other sports facilities are nearby, as well as a local outdoor swimming pool from May - Sept.
With its close proximity to the hilly countryside, this makes the apartment an ideal base for those who enjoy the outdoors, walking and cycling.
Within easy reach of Nice, its international airport and all that the Cote d’Azur has to offer.
Overall opinions of the accommodation were excellent. The best feature was the views - Mr B. from Ireland June 18
The best feature of the accommodation was the location. Overall opinion of the accommodation was very good - Mr O. from Connecticut October 17
I loved the apt - the location and the yard. When I was in St Paul de Vence 15 years ago I took french speaking classes at the cultural centre up the road and would never had thought that I would stay so close by the next time I returned. That was a nice surprise when I arrived! I would have liked to have played boules in the yard but ran out of time. The out door fireplace and sitting area looked very inviting but again we rain out of time. I loved unshuting the windows every morning. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Ms M. from Vancouver, Oct 13.
The accomodation was very suitable for our needs (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied, the feedback to any questions or problems was timely and information supplied, sufficient. - Mrs M. from Germany, Oct 13.
A very comfortable, quiet and well equiped apartment for 2 people, convenient to old town centre. Relaxing outdoor areas and very hospitable hosts. The information provided before our stay by Paul Rhodes at Joie de Vivre was excellent and very accurate. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr A. from Australia, June 13.
Absolutley idyllic setting and well presented property. The owner was a very warm and helpful host. The only thing that would have been nice is maybe a welcome pack (some water/wine/beer) on arrival. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr W. from Sydney, July 09.
Excellent. Just right for a few days away and ideal for a couple. Nicely placed for strolling round the locality. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr W. from Worcestershire, Mar 09.
Great location. Beautiful setting. Very good accommodation. Just as the website indicated. If and when we return to Vence I think we would like to stay in the same place. Milan was so very friendly and helpful. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Ms H. from New South Wales, Oct 08.
We had the most fantastic week in THE OLD SAVONNERIE 3. The owners were absolutely delightful hosts and the accommodation was superb with its light and airy apartment and stunning gardens.  We enjoyed wandering in the Old Cite, having `cafe creme` while enjoying the amazingly talented buskers, purchasing some bargains in the colourful markets and just watching the world go by.  The Old Savonnerie was also perfectly located for expeditions into the wider environments of Monaco, Antibes & Cannes with its beautiful Iles and St Paul de Vence.  The walks around Vence were also something we greatly enjoyed.  All in all, I couldn`t recommend The Old Savonnerie more highly. Thank you for making the arrangements for us - Ms B. from Western Australia, Aug 08.
Fabulous, we had everthing we needed and more..the owners were so helpful and so kind. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs E. from New South Wales, Dec 07. Very good. Well appointed and a beautiful setting. (How satisfied were you with the property?) Very Satisfied - Mr P. from East Sussex, Aug 07.
We stayed at the Old Savonnerie for 7 weeks while I completed a language course and the total accommodation package was absolutely faultless! I couldn`t recommend the accommodation highly enough. The standard of the accommodation was first class, the location was wonderful and the service was extremely helpful and friendly. The owners spoke English, French and German fluently which was extremely useful to all the residents. "Milan" the caretaker who managed the property for the majority of our stay was exceptional and overall both my wife and myself couldn`t have been treated with more consideration and help during our stay. Without doubt this is the best holiday we have ever had and we highly recommend it to anyone who would like to relax in luxurious and friendy surroundings in such a beautiful part of the world - Mr M from Wiltshire, April 07.
...we had a super time in Vence, the apartment was lovely, thank you for all your help in booking it - Miss W. from London, Sept 06.
Excellent gite - beautiful location, clean and ideal for going into the Alps in the day but with all facilities needed in the town. Lovely gardens and views from the gite - dual aspect windows in the bedroom very nice - Miss L. from Derbyshire, Oct 06.